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Sudbury-area First Nation embarking on industrial park plans

Atikameksheng Anishnawbek currently short of commercial space
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Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation will use $220,643 in federal funding to draw up engineering plans for a light industrial and commercial park.

FedNor announced on April 24 the community, located 19 kilometres west of Sudbury, would receive the money.

The community will use the funds to hire a project manager to work with the engineers, organizing community consultations on designs, developing governance and leasing policies and processes, and working with potential tenants.

Currently, the community has limited commercial space available for new or expanding private or community-owned enterprises. 

Valerie Richer, chief of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, thanked the federal government for the support.

“We are excited about the future business opportunities that the industrial park represents for our community,” she said in a news release.

“The design and engineering plans will help us realize the full potential of the park by capitalizing on its location.”

The people of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek are descendants of the Ojibwe, Algonquin and Odawa Nations. The community has 1,220 members and a land base of 43,747 acres.